[Foundation-l] Background checks at Wikimedia

Anthony wikimail at inbox.org
Sun Dec 16 18:27:48 UTC 2007

On Dec 16, 2007 11:48 AM, Andrew Whitworth <wknight8111 at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Dec 16, 2007 11:39 AM, Anthony <wikimail at inbox.org> wrote:
> > On Dec 15, 2007 8:03 PM, Mike Godwin <mnemonic at gmail.com> wrote:
> > > There are USA-based firms that do international criminal background
> > > checks, and the firm we have retained is one of these.  We are also
> > > aware (and I for one am fairly acutely aware) of the difference in
> > > privacy regulation among the various nation-states.
> > >
> > What about bonding?  Has that been looked into and/or implemented?
> > I'd imagine the bonding company would run its own background check.
> For bonding or background checks, we would have to pay a third party
> some kind of money to handle them.


> We're a non-profit, and we
> shouldn't be spending our hard-earned money (or paying our employees
> to spend their time on it) running background checks and setting up
> surety bonds on the handful of employees we have.
Not necessarily all the employees, but certainly the key officers.
One example would be the treasurer.  Doing this is quite standard for
non-profits, both small and large.

> From what i've heard, Ms Doran came to the WMF originally though a
> temp agency, and it would surprise me to learn that the temp agency
> didnt run a background check of their own (and if they did, why didn't
> they make the information known to the WMF before contracting out the
> work?). The lesson in this is to be careful who you hire, and maybe
> never use that same agency again.
That's one lesson, but it isn't the only one.

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